Disinfo: The US overthrew the Greek regime in 1967 when it wanted to shut down its military bases

Summary

The United States organised a coup in April 1967 to remove the democratically elected government of Greece – a NATO member. This is the Greek government that announced they would not prolong the agreement on US bases on Greek soil.

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin narratives, framing every protest movement in the world as a colour revolution promoted from the outside, very often the US as in this case, and aiming at regime change.

While the US at the time did have concerns about the Centre Union-led government, research has concluded that "no official documents suggest that the US was involved in the imposition of a military coup in Greece." The Greek government did not make any official announcement that it would shut down US bases in the country.

The comment was included in the article noting that the Ukrainian regime was overthrown in 2014 because it wanted to shut down the alleged laboratories of the Pentagon in the country.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: Greece, US
  • Keywords: Coup

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